by Sally Francklyn
When I walked in to have lunch this past season, I saw a sign that listed the gluten-free and vegetarian options in Jack’s at the base of the American Eagle. Even the ski resorts are trying to cater to those eaters! Whether you’ve chosen to eat this way or your body feels better if you do, have no fear—even Copper Mountain has some restaurants with offerings you can choose from. As the ski season comes to a close, you’re probably wondering if they’re open during the summer. Below is a list of the restaurant options, and if they will still be open as the temperature rises (but they might have limited menu options).
For vegetarians, most restaurants have modified their menus so they include some meat-free options. In Center Village, C. B. Grille offers a wide variety of upscale vegetarian options. Fresh, local ingredients can be served as an appetizer on a small plate, or in artisan pizzas and more. (Make sure to select a vegetarian option for pizza when you order.)
Another meatless restaurant option is Incline Bar and Grill. This casual après-ski spot has everything from soup and grilled cheese to pasta. Located at the base of the brand-new American Eagle lift, this spot also has a large beer selection. Some other vegetarian options are available at A-Lift Pizza and Downhill Duke’s.
For brunch, try Toast & Co, Copper Mountain’s new morning eatery. Try the huevos rancheros and acai bowl—both vegetarian options. You’ll hear bluegrass while your palate is thrilled that you chose this new restaurant.
JJ’s Tavern has some common gluten-free salad options, but they have gluten-free corn chowder (a personal favorite), which is thick, creamy, and made with sweet corn.
Another gluten-free dining option is Ten Mile Tavern, and the first thing on the menu is Chicken Drummettes, offering Red-Bird all-natural chicken, and a sauce of your choice. Roasted Golden Beets is also on their menu, a combination of roasted beets, tomatoes, goat cheese and greens.
With spring is in the air, even Copper Mountain has some gluten-free and vegetarian menu items at restaurants—even during the summer.